Mariano is another name of increasingly expected to leave Real Madrid this summer. Real Madrid have opened the door for a transfer after Zidane didn’t express any particularly strong desire to keep him but Mariano doesn’t see a departure as his best option.
Despite his excellent performance with Lyon two seasons ago when he scored 21 goals, the striker struggled last season with lack of opportunities. He is happy in Madrid though and feels like he can change Zidane’s opinion of him if he can stay and fight for his place.
Roma and Spurs interested
Many clubs in Europe are aware of Mariano’s situation and have asked about his availability and the latest to register interest are AS Roma. The Serie A side are interested in a loan deal but Madrid would prefer a permanent move in order to balance the books after a summer that saw Florentino Pérez sign Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy among others.
Another option is Tottenham Hotspur, who have also enquired. He would take up Llorente’s vacated position with his contract at the club expiring at the start of the month. There’s a talk about Milan’s interest too, but still no bid by the Italian club.